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Traffic stop turns into multi-county drug bust

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SEQUATCHIE COUNTY, TN (WRCB) -

A traffic stop for speeding has led to a multi-county drug investigation.

Sequatchie County Sheriff Ronnie Hitchcock said in a news release that a black Chevrolet Lumina was traveling on SR 111 in Sequatchie County, and was clocked by radar traveling 80 mph in a 60 mph zone on April 3.

The car was stopped, with the two occupants inside. A ticket was issued for speeding, and officers were given consent to search the vehicle.

Inside, they discovered drug paraphernalia, numerous scheduled narcotics and more than over 10 ounces of methamphetamine.

Howard Collin Lackey, 25, Rome, GA, was charged with:

  • Possession of Schedule II(methamphetamine) for Resale
  • Possession of Schedule II-2 counts
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Marcie Velvet Clayton, 29, Rome, GA, was charged with:

  • Possession of Schedule II(methamphetamine) for Resale
  • Possession of Schedule II-2 counts
  • Possession of Schedule IV-2 counts
  • Simple Possession of Schedule VI
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

The investigation expanded after both suspects were interviewed, telling detectives they were delivering the methamphetamine to a person in Rock Island, TN.

SCSO detectives contacted the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, and detectives with the Warren County Sheriff's Office, who assisted with the investigation.

Later on April 3, deputies arrested Destry Stephen Cobb, 41, Rock Island, TN, for:

  • Criminal Attempt to Possess Schedule II
  • Criminal Conspiracy

They also arrested Sandy Nelson Stembridge, 49, McMinnville, TN, an an active arrest warrant out of Rutherford County.

Investigators obtained a search warrant of Cobb's residence, where they found $7,500.00 which they determined to be money Cobb intended to pay Lackey and Clayton for delivery of the methamphetamine.

Stembridge was later released to Rutherford County officers.

Lackey, Clayton, and Cobb are currently being held in the Sequatchie County Jail, without bond, on a hold for the United States Marshals Service. The investigation is ongoing, and has expanded into Georgia.

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